VENTURA - On June 21, 2017, William Matzner, M.D., 58, a Simi Valley-based internal medicine and primary care doctor, pleaded guilty to a felony count of selling the opiate oxycodone, a controlled substance. Matzner admitted to unlawfully selling oxycodone from his Simi Valley office from April 2, 2013 through August 7, 2014. Matzner surrendered his Drug Enforcement Administration registration and may no longer prescribe controlled substances to patients. His ability to maintain his medical license is currently under review by the Medical Board of California.
The charge stems from an investigation by the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit, a task force that consists of law enforcement officers from Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, local police departments, the Medical Board of California, California Department of Health Care Services, the CHP and the Ventura County District Attorney’s office.
“This task force works to keep highly addictive, prescription drugs off the streets,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “These law enforcement officers take the knowledge from their respective agencies and pool it together to aggressively go after doctors who are illegally prescribing drugs that can lead to abuse and overdose. That’s great work.”
Matzner is scheduled to be sentence on August 14, 2017. He faces a maximum sentence of a year in jail.